A METAPHOR FOR CONVIVIALITY?
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We talked to LA-based Kate Richards about her gleefully silly cocktail blog Drinking with Chickens and got the low-down on how to approach happy hour this summer.
What is it all about?
My blog, Drinking with Chickens, at its heart, is really just about embracing your best happy hour life, no matter what form that might take. For me, it just happens to involve quite a bit of sitting in the garden with a fresh cocktail, watching my chickens chickening around the yard.
So, where are the cocktails in the pecking order?
Pretty high up. I grow a lot of my drink ingredients in my cocktail garden, and I like to tell people that I added chickens to the mix in order to have fresh egg whites for a good whiskey sour. But really, I just wanted to have chickens because: CHICKENS.
Do you actually drink with chickens?
I drink, in the company of chickens, whenever I can. This often leads to me showing up at friends’ houses to drink with their chickens, or leads to me seeking out biodynamic vineyards/breweries/farm-to-table restaurants where you can enjoy a beverage while you look at chickens. You’d be surprised how many places exist in the wild where you can drink with chickens. My favorite local spot happens to be a restaurant in the middle of the arts district in downtown L.A.; it is housed in a converted warehouse and unexpectedly features a garden with real chickens in it.
Could we go so far as to venture that Drinking with Chickens is a metaphor for conviviality?
Absolutely! Chickens are pretty convivial little creatures (although they have a very complex social structure and can also be decidedly un-convivial to each other at times!). Since launching Drinking with Chickens, I do find that it has become a great excuse for not only my friends to come over and hang out for some chicken happy hours, but also it seems to give people on social media yet another reason to come together for a drink.
Okay, but what if you don’t have any chickens?
No chickens? No problem! Just do happy hour the way that makes you happiest, whether it’s in the company of your pups, your guinea pigs, your goats, or even some human people. Grab a drink, sit outside, and soak it all in.
You talk about how much joy the chickens give you, but do your friends and family agree?
My friends and family definitely agree that the chickens bring me a lot of joy—hahaha! Most of my friends and family seem to get a kick out of the chickens, and are willing to indulge me in a happy hour or two in the garden while the chickens peck at their toes.
You’ve invited a bunch of people over – do you resort to batch cocktails or do you make ‘em wait for their individual creation?
Oh, I am all about those batched cocktails. Either that, or I’ll set up a DIY cocktail station with ingredients, tools, and instructions, and it’s every person for themselves!
Let’s talk glassware, does the right glass really make a difference? If so, what should we invest in for our next party?
I think glassware is a totally personal choice. For me, glassware is part of the visual art of the drink (and also, functionally, different glassware can affect the experience and taste of a cocktail). I do love me a pretty glass. But I’m also not about to tell anyone how to enjoy their beverage; if you don’t have any fancy glasses, don’t let that stop you from relishing your drink. If you’re looking to add one type of cocktail glass and one cocktail glass only, I would suggest a coupe. It is a multifunctional, elegant vessel perfect for many of your adult beverage needs.
"If you’re looking to add one type of cocktail glass and one cocktail glass only, I would suggest a coupe." *Chicken Optional
If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to your garden for Drinking with Chickens who would you have come over?
This is an easy one:
First up would be Golden Girl Betty White because she loves her animals, and her booze, and is an absolute national treasure.
Next I’d send the invite to Samuel Clemens, aka the author Mark Twain because he was a whiskey aficionado, a known chicken enthusiast, and I’m pretty sure the life of any party he was at.
Number three would have to be Claude Monet, the impressionist painter because he loved his happy hours, he kept chickens, and can you just imagine drinking with chickens in that garden? GOALS.